Harlan's Holiday turned in another sharp work for Saturday's grade I Fountain of Youth Stakes, drilling a half in :47 1/5 Wednesday with jockey Tony D'Amico aboard. In other Fountain of Youth developments, Elliott Walden has decided run Speed Hunter, and Shug McGaughey will run only Maybry's Boy, who worked a half Wednesday in :48 3/5.
Trainer Elliott Walden will run Frank L. Mansell's Speed Hunter in Saturday's grade 1 Fountain of Youth, after being undecided earlier this week. What made him decide?
Trainer Ken McPeek had Harlan's Holiday on the track for a half-mile workout Feb. 12 and was more than pleased with the stakes-winning juvenile colt's move. Harlan's Holiday was ridden by jockey Tony D'Amico and was clocked in :47 2/5 handily. He runs Saturday in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I).
The Arkansas Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has officially withdrawn from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. The horsemen's group intends to stay out of the NTRA as long as Oaklawn Park, the state's only Thoroughbred racetrack, is not a member.
Central Kentucky stallion Unaccounted For has been sold to the Turkish Jockey Club for stallion duty.
An expected purse supplement of $6 million for the New Jersey horse racing industry from the state legislature won't be forthcoming as expected, Gov. Jim McGreevey said Feb. 12. That has raised the question as to whether Monmouth Park and Meadowlands can support even 120 days of Thoroughbred racing, 21 less than required by law.
While finding no state ethics laws were violated, the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission was harsh in its criticism of Churchill Downs for contributions to lawmakers just a few days before the start of last month's legislative session.
The Attorney General of Kentucky has informed the Kentucky Racing Commission that his office will no longer represent the agency as legal counsel.
By Mike Henry-- The desires of Tampa Bay bettors and a majority of horsemen are being undermined by the actions of a few local horsemen and those from other states.
By Ray Paulick -- Maybe the horse industry should borrow a page from the marketing program for the modest, but fast-growing the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association.
Louisiana's first racetrack slot parlor opens today at Delta Downs, more than two years after Calcasieu Parish voters approved the operation. For Boyd Gaming, Delta Downs' owner, the opening is long overdue.
For the second consecutive year, Turfway Park will showcase female jockeys in the "Luv Me Luv Me Not" race on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. The program at the Kentucky track will be dedicated to raising awareness for breast cancer, and proceeds from all paid admissions will go to the Greater Cincinnati affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
To help sort out the contenders from the pretenders for the 2002 Kentucky Derby, The Blood-Horse's senior correspondent Steve Haskin has listed the horses to look for in coming weeks.
With 2002 Kentucky Derby Future Wager -- Pool One wagering beginning Thursday, senior correspndent Steve Haskin analyzes the odds and attempts to find the value plays. Wagering began in 34 states at noon (EST) on Thursday, Feb. 14 and closes at 5:30 p.m.(EST) on Sunday, Feb. 17.
- By Steve Haskin
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Central Kentucky stallion Accelerator has been purchased by the Turkish Jockey Club.
The "mutuel field" of horses not among the first 23 is the morning-line favorite for the first pool of the 2002 Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Wagering will be offered from noon (EST) Feb. 14 through 5 p.m. (EST) Feb. 17 at facilities in a record 34 states.
Jockey Chris McCarron has resigned from the Youbet.com board of directors because of increasing demands from the Jockey's Guild.
Magna Entertainment reported a 28% gain in fourth quarter revenue, but losses in net income and earnings per share for the three-month period ending Dec. 31. For the year, the Canadian racing conglomerate reported a 25.5% increase in revenue, a jump in net income from $441,000 to $13.5 million, and an increase in diluted earnings per share from 1 cents to 16 cents.
The Thoroughbred Owners of California is using a deal with Magna Entertainment as leverage in an attempt to garner a greater share of pari-mutuel takeout from account wagers made through the TV Games Network. In question is a share of the money TVG pays to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
A panel discussion on medication use and regulations in the pari-mutuel industry will be part of an equine medical symposium hosted by the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine March 14-15 in Hollywood Beach, Fla.
The San Miguel premier yearling sale in Australia closed out its two-day run on Monday with increases in gross revenue and average price. Thirteen horses sold for six-figure prices.
A 2002 no-guarantee nomination to Unbridled's Song was sold for $70,000 to top Monday's sale of seasons and shares conducted by Stallion Access Inc. Second-highest price of $55,000 was paid for a Theatrical season. A Danzig season was bought back at $220,000.
Topped by two mares that each sold for $190,000, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's winter mixed sale Monday reported gains in every statistical category.
Churchill Downs reported Monday that net revenues increased 17.6 percent to $427-million in 2001 and that net earnings for the year were up 15.2 percent to total $22-million. Both were record levels for the Louisville, Ky. racetrack operating company.
Racing could cease at New Hampshire's Rockingham Park this year because a bill that would have allowed video lottery terminals at the Salem facility is dead.
John G. Sikura has added 205 acres to his Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington.
Japanese stallion Sunday Silence, whose sire title in 2001 was his seventh straight, heads this year's list, with $4.6 million in progeny earnings through most of January.
Joying, an 11-year-old daughter of Storm Cat, sold for $190,000 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's winter mixed sale in Lexington on Monday with approximately one-third of the auction completed. Consigned by David and Ginger Mullins of Doninga, the mare was purchased by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent.
With jockey Edgar Prado aboard, Graham Motion-trained Grey Beard worked five furlongs Monday in 1:02 4/5 over a Gulfstream Park track labeled "good."
A bay colt by Tale of the Cat sold for $100,000 early during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale on Monday in Lexington. Only the third horse to step into the ring, the colt was purchased by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey from Gainesway, agent.
That's what Saratoga Blues' opponents have been doing in the colt's three career starts. The son of Twining captured Saturday's Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct for his third consecutive victory. At Santa Anita, USS Tinosa drew off to an impressive score in Friday's Sham Stakes, while stablemate Cappuchino had no trouble winning the Golden State Mile back home at Golden Gate.
Suzanne W. Smithwick, an accomplished equestrian and teacher, died Feb. 4 at her My Lady's Manor farm in Maryland.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's will offer slightly fewer horses at its March sale of 2-year-olds in training this year. The catalogue will have 407 head, down by nearly 3% from last year's total of 419. The auction is scheduled for March 19 and 20 in Ocala, Fla.
Prominent international stallion Royal Academy once again will shuttle to Australia for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.v
Bo Derek, Alex Trebek, Jerry O'Connell, and David Cassidy are among the celebrities scheduled to appear on TVG's second annual Viewer's Choice Awards that will air tonight (Feb. 11) at 9:00 (EST/6:00 PST).
The Hong Kong Jockey Club is threatening to boycott the prestigious Sydney Easter sale due to a dispute over the X-raying of horses before and after Australia's premier yearling auction, according to a story in the Racing Post. The HKJC has demanded the right to X-ray yearlings and return any purchases which are found to have major faults.
A filly by Encosta de Lago brought the top price of $140,000 (approximately $71,456 in U.S. funds) during the first session of the San Miguel premier yearling sale in Australia Sunday. William Inglis and Son, which conducts the auction, purchased her for a client of trainer Bart Cummings' stable. Produced from the winning Bellotto mare Lottey, the filly is a full-sister to Gold Lottey, who had won the VRC Vanity Stakes (Aus-III) on Saturday.
Sheikh Mohammed has made no secret of his desire to win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). His Godolphin Racing has nominated 17 horses to the Visa Triple Crown by the early deadline, nearly twice as many as any other owner.
An offer by Magna Entertainment to buy Lone Star Park in North Texas could be made within two weeks, according to a Feb. 9 report by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Cappuchino tracked the early pace, then kicked clear in the stretch to win Sunday's Golden Stae Mile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
You relaxed off the early pace, then kicked in gear in the stretch to win the one-mile, $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) by a length over Habibti on Sunday at Santa Anita. Under Jerry Bailey, You covered the distance in 1:36.84 on a fast track to notch her second career grade I victory.
James Jackson's Valhol rallied from just off the pace then held Parade Leader safely at bat to win the $125,000 Whirlaway Handicap at the Fair Grounds. On a fast track, the 6-year-old gelded son of Diazo completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.94.
Sign up begins Monday for the EDS "Road to the Roses Fantasy Challenge," a rotisserie-style fantasy game leading up to the Kentucky Derby.
Fappie's Notebook rallied from far back to edge Twilight Road by a head in Sunday's $100,000 Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. On a drying out track labeled good, Irving and Marjorie Cowan's homebred completed the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.19 under Jorge Chavez.
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